Poetry. THE PINK offers a sequence of short poems with a detourned
ear and an earnest intelligence. Condensing the remarkable craft of
the long series Schlesinger chose as his debut volume, 2007's HELLO
HELICOPTER, THE PINK reminds us that, as in language, "There are
plenty of rivers in the sea / But you can't step on the same fish
twice." An admired poet, editor, and publisher, Schlesinger has
lectured and published extensively on topics related to poetics,
visual communication, and artists' books. He lives and prints in
New York. "THE PINK: the color of course, or the recurrent
carnations among the gathered leaves of this little bouquet, but
also the sheer force of the form, the shear of a kind of textile
cut, jagged and precise--a kind of coup de grace--not just between
lines but also opening the serrated space between letters to reveal
the 'hue' in 'house' or to separate the 'ink' from the 'inkling, '
the 'blue' from the 'print.' To distinguish, in other words, the
abstract plan from the material written form. In that linguistic
pinking, Kyle Schlesinger cuts both into and against the weave, an
angular slide into the inframince space of 'the leading of a
phrase' (both the leading question of rhetoric and the spacing of
letterforms), somewhere 'between the chair and the thought of it'
(where chair is the French for 'body'), or 'the sensation of a
concept' and 'the concept of a sensation.' Here is the world, of
words, in miniature, through rose-colored magnifying
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